Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program
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Mikayla Casey

Liberal Arts Major(s): Spanish
Other Major: Security and Risk Analysis
Minor: Arabic
Hometown: Jenkintown, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Fall 2019

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

I have the opportunity to talk with my mentor, Jenn, about everything from my resume to my coursework to my extracurricular activities! I've also learned a lot about her own work in the security sector, and we talk about how she's navigated working from home, travelling for work, and switching jobs to a slightly different field. I've greatly enjoyed talking to Jenn, and many of our conversations leave me feeling relaxed and ready to take on my college career and the days beyond!

I've greatly enjoyed talking to Jenn [my alumni mentor], and many of our conversations leave me feeling relaxed and ready to take on my college career and the days beyond!

How did this experience impact you academically?

Jenn has helped me navigate which courses sound the most interesting while balancing which courses might benefit my future career the most. We talked a lot about my Python programming course, as well as my ArcGIS-focused course.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

Jenn helps me by letting me know that it is a-ok to be uncertain about your future; that sometimes, taking it slow is the best way to take things! She calms my fears about not finding an internship in time, not finding a job in time, etc. Her calming perspective helps me slow down, enjoy my college career, and find aspects of my classes that I might want to carry through to my life after graduation.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The College of the Liberal Arts and its Alumni Mentor Program have helped me find the perfect mentor who is compatible with my goals and my course of study. My first mentor in college was helpful, but as my career goals shifted to have more of a security focus, the Alumni Mentor Program worked with me to find me a new mentor who had experience in the field and could help guide me to potential careers.

How has the Paterno Fellows Program had an impact on this experience?

I would not have known about the Alumni Mentor Program if not for Liberal Arts Envoys (now Ambassadors), which I learned about in part through the Paterno Fellows Program.

For more information on the Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program, visit our website.
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